The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation

Volume 24, Issue 12

December 2002

Let's Party! We Are A TNZD!

December Chair Notes

Old Louisville and Limerick became the city's first Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District (TNZD) when Mayor David Armstrong signed the ordinance passed by the Board of Aldermen on November 12.

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC) will host a champagne reception and celebration at 7PM on Tuesday, December 17 in Caldwell Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Everyone in the neighborhood is invited; we will honor Mayor Armstrong, Aldermen Greg Handy and George Unseld, and the Old Louisville Task Force for their support and hard work in a long and arduous process which began in 1998.

The annual meeting of the OLNC will be held at the same place beginning at 6PM to elect OLNC and OLIC officers and board members for 2003. Come early and stay late.

This has been a banner year for Old Louisville: two-way traffic on Oak and St Catherine, new businesses on Oak, the opening of the Ninth Street Extension, a noise mitigation and abatement plan submitted to the FAA which, if approved, will eliminate most direct plane flights over the neighborhood, skyrocketing real estate values, and new zoning which will guide the neighborhood's growth by maintaining its historic characteristics.

The new year will bring opportunities and challenges as we say good-bye to the City of Louisville and become part of the new metro government. But all of that can wait…Let's congratulate ourselves on the big accomplishment that the TNZD is.

If you want more information on what the TNZD is all about, stop by the Old Louisville Information Center to view the map and read the Old Louisville-Limerick Plan Report. A summary of the plan reported in the August edition of The Old Louisville Journal is also available.

John Sistarenik

2003 OLNC/OLIC Officer and OLIC Board Nominees

The following candidates will be nominated for OLNC/OLIC officers and OLIC Board members at the December 17 OLNC meeting:

Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and Information Center Officers:

Old Louisville Information Center Board:

Elections will occur at the OLNC general meeting at 6PM on Tuesday, December 17 in Caldwell Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House. Nominations will be allowed from the floor.

The nominating committee was chaired by Zane Lockhart and included Jerry Birschbach, David McNease, Rose Nett and Rhonda Williams.

See you on the 17th.

Old Louisville Homes Featured in December's Old House Journal

Photographs of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum and an unidentified home on Third Street are featured in an article on the Romanesque Revival style which was popular in urban areas from the late 1880s through the 1890s. Often called Richardsonian Romanesque after the Boston architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, who designed many such buildings, the style features massive stone or brick walls, arched and arcaded entryways, and round-arch windows.

A copy of the magazine is available at the Old Louisville Information Center.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I'm standing on Sixth Street near Belgravia Court admiring the beauty of fall when I realize two large metal signs, one above the other, are spoiling the picture. A look around Old Louisville reveals the red and white signs, which give parking directions for the St. James Art Show, are everywhere and show no signs of disappearing though the Art Show ended nearly two months ago.
I am told the signs are a brainstorm of Louisville Public Works which the Art Show Consortium approved. Instead of putting up disposable paper parking signs each October, the idea is to save a few bucks by leaving the metal signs up year round. The idea of visually polluting a beautiful, historic neighborhood 365-days a year with signs that are needed once a year for four days makes absolutely no sense to me. It is also hypocritical since small business owners in Old Louisville have to jump through many hoops to put up one, small sign.
I am writing to suggest that the Art Show parking signs be removed IMMEDIATELY! In addition, Public Works and the Art Show Consortium should stop making policy decisions which affect Old Louisville without first consulting our established neighborhood governing body. I hope that other residents will agree with me and demand action to remove this insulting visual pollution.
Dick Irby, Belgravia Court

Dear Editor:

The St. James Court Art Show Consortium members cannot respond directly to the letter that is scheduled to appear in the December 2002 issue of the Old Louisville Neighbor Council's Newsletter, because 1) the Consortium has not yet received a copy of the letter; and
2) we were first made aware of the existence of the letter on November 23 ... the Newsletter was scheduled to go to press on November 25.
We would, however, like to explain how the permanent restricted parking signage came about.
All events and festivals must acquire the appropriate event permits from the City of Louisville before the event can take place. Proposed street closings and parking restrictions must be included as a part of the master permit application. The City also requires that signage is put in place to alert residents of the parking changes or restrictions related to the event. However, the event itself is not permitted to produce or install its own signage, that function is controlled by the City's Public Works Department. Beginning in 1999, the City began to bill the Consortium for the printing, installation and removal of the signage required during the Art Show. This charge has been under protest since that time.
Earlier this year, the Consortium met with Bill Herron, the Director of Public Works. At this meeting he made it clear that under the merged government, it was almost certain that ALL Louisville events and festivals were going to be charged for any signage installed by Public Works. There was no way to predict what amount would be billed in subsequent years, but we knew that the new Metro government was likely to increase the amount each year in order to pay higher costs of labor, materials, and equipment.
Mr. Herron introduced an idea of permanent event signage that he had seen work successfully for special events in the downtown and historic areas of Chicago. He also told the Consortium that these are the same types of signs that have been installed near Churchill Downs for more than a year. Mr. Herron said the permanent sign idea would also be pursued with other events, including the Kentucky Derby Festival and the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.
The Consortium viewed the permanent signage as a twofold positive solution. First, it would help avoid thousands of dollars worth of annual costs associated with event signage, and secondly, it would assist residents in becoming familiar with parking restrictions all through the year, thus reducing ticketed and towed vehicles during the Art Show.
Except for those on St. James Court, all of the Art Show signs are in the public right-of-way. Rights of way in Old Louisville are the sole responsibility of the Public Works Department (including all sign installation/removal). The City is the agent that would face liability for any problems resulting from the placement of the signs.
The Art Show related signs are consistent with other signs in the area ( i.e. Stop signs, TARC signs, and other "no stopping any time" signs). They are no less historically correct than are telephone poles or fire hydrants.
The Consortium is comprised of representatives from the five Old Louisville neighborhood associations that produce the show, and the West End Baptist Church. With the exception of the church representative, all Consortium members are residents of Old Louisville.
Each Consortium representative, as outlined in its charter statement, is empowered by his/her association to make decisions that he/she deems best for the continuous operation of a successful Art Show and that are the best for the neighborhood. Consortium meetings are open to others who express an interest and who may participate in a non-voting capacity. The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council sent a representative to the meetings for a time (as a representative of the Council's Food Booth), but one has not attended in over a year.
Since the Consortium budget is funded through the individual neighborhood associations that produce the Art Show, all Consortium members are keenly interested in being good stewards of their association's money and avoiding unnecessary expenses. Permanent signage was one way to eliminate a sizable expense each year. The Consortium operates on a tight budget, allocating only enough money to cover essential expenses such as security, restroom facilities, clean up, etc.
Proceeds raised from the Art Show go directly back into Old Louisville's upkeep and improvements. Any unbudgeted expenses decrease net income that can be applied back toward neighborhood causes. Part of the Art Show funds raised go specifically for Central Park clean up, and more have been allocated for benches and trash receptacles for the Park when it celebrates its Centennial in 2003. Art Show proceeds also help keep Shakespeare in the Park each year. Other examples of how Art Show income is used for Old Louisville projects include support for the Oak Street cleanup, the repair of water damaged floors at Conrad House, new equipment for the Fifth District's bike patrol, the mural in Fifth District's Central Park `s substation, installation of benches, urns and trash receptacles along Fourth Street, and period lighting throughout the area. There are too many more examples to be listed here.
The St. James Court Art Show was begun as a fundraiser for the St. James Court Association in 1957 and it remains a fundraiser today. However, it has grown from 11 artists on the Court to over 700 artists covering more than 3 square city blocks. Artists come from over 40 states and Canada to participate. The St. James Court Art Show is ranked among the top 20 shows in the nation, and generates over $7 million dollars for our city.
The St. James Court Art Show lasts only 3 days each year but it provides the principal financial basis for maintenance, growth and development of the Old Louisville neighborhood. The show deserves year-round visibility, and the continued support of those of us whom it benefits.
On behalf of the Consortium, Susan Coleman, Director, St. James Court Art Show

OLB&PA Newsletter
Old Louisville Business & Professional Association

Holiday Season

The end of 2002 brings December -- the month for Old Louisville's Holiday Celebrations. The first weekend in December is the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour with the " Taste of Old Louisville" featuring some of Old Louisville's fine restaurants with special Menus and hours for the event:

  • The Rudyard Kipling 422 West Oak St.

  • Ermin's French Bakery & Cafe First & West Oak

  • The Corner Market & Cafe First & West Oak

  • Gallery House B&B, 1386 South Sixth

  • Third Ave Cafe, Third & West Oak

  • Downtown New Orleans 1157 South Second Street

  • Granville Inn,1601 South Third Street

You may purchase your House Tour tickets the day of the event at the Gift Boutique, located at Treyton Oaks Towers, 211 West Oak Street

It's also the month for Holiday Parties, singing and decorating of homes and lampposts. OLBPA'S Holiday Party is on Wednesday, December 11 at Haskins Hall in the Conrad Caldwell House Museum from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. A short meeting to vote on Officers and Bylaws will occur.

Looking Back

Old Louisville neighborhood associations, OLNC and OLB&PA accomplished much in 2002. We have improved the appearance of our community, especially Oak Street with cleanups and plantings, thanks to the leadership of Herb Fink, the many volunteers, and help of City Departments.

Oak Street, part of Saint Catherine Street and 6th Street are now two ways thereby getting us away from the "Drive Thru" high speed travel thru our streets. The result is easy access to businesses and pedestrian friendly streets, especially for many seniors that live in the community. As expected traffic has slowed considerably and has made activities more visible to police, and as reported by some retailers, a reduction in crime has been observed.

TNDZ, Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District is now the zoning for Old Louisville and Limerick. In mid November the Board of Alderman passed the ordinance and sent it to the Mayor who signed it into law on November 15. The impact on Old Louisville is significant, particularly for businesses. To keep our members current, OLB&PA is planning a meeting early next year to discuss the new zoning and it's effects.

The additions of new businesses and the expansion of others in Old Louisville have created more of an attraction to shop here. More people who work in our community are using the restaurants for lunch and others enjoy dinner with entertainment in the evening.

We have strengthen our working relationship with OLNC, Uof L, South Central BA, Small Business Services, City Government, the Mayors Office, our Alderman, Shakespeare Festival, and others in order to help provide for our community's needs and make Old Louisville a more attractive place to visit, live, work and enjoy.

We got $5,700 from Alderman George Unseld and Greg Handy to do a Market Place Study for Old Louisville. The study is complete and copies are available in the OLIC for viewing.

Our membership meeting in September was a great success. We doubled our membership!

We have included our Newsletters in The Old Louisville Journal to increase viewership.

We have made contributions to the OLIC, the Centennial Celebration of Central Park, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum and Shakespeare Festival. We have also given complimentary memberships to a limited number of non-profit organizations.

All of our members are now on our OLBPA.Com website. They can update their own web sites using their Username and Password. They are linked to Old Louisville.Net where other businesses appear as well as The Old Louisville Journal. Presently our Bylaws, Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Articles of Incorporation are on the website.

For more information contact: Alan Bird at or 636-1078

OLB&PA is the sponsor for the CoAlliance of Business Associations new website, which will hopefully foster better communications between the region's various business associations. The CoAlliance is part of Louisville's Office of Business Services.

Looking Forward

As part of our long-range plan to make Oak Street a more desirable location for businesses and a more, pleasing environment for our residents, we are in the process of preparing a grant request for infrastructure improvements. The sidewalks are deteriorating in many areas. This is not only esthetically unpleasing; it is a safety hazard to our elderly and handicapped residents. The sidewalks also lack handicapped curb ramps at nearly all alley crossings. In

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addition street trees, while beautiful; prevent our current street lights from adequately illuminating the sidewalks. The grant, if approved, will make significant improvements to our sidewalks, install period lighting that will put light in the tree canopy, and improve the signage along the street, making it easier for both pedestrians and drivers to find their way. While this will not solve all problems along Oak Street, it will be a large step forward.

Our Marketplace Study is complete and we will follow up on recommendations from this report. We have posted the study on our website for members to review.

We will continue to pursue funding for landscaping at the entrances of Old Louisville and period lighting. We have funding for banners and will pursue the use of these on our streets. One of goals is to help put together a Development Corp for Old Louisville so that funding could become available to improve old structures and build new ones as needed.

OLB&PA committees have been working on updating our Bylaws, Mission Statement and Articles of Incorporation to take effect in the New Year. The result of the committee's work is now available for member review and on the OLBPA website.

Business News

Circus Auto on the corner of Third and Kentucky has moved after 38 years! The Central Presbyterian Church owns the property and hopes to clean the corner. The Center for Women and Families on the corner of Third and Breckenridge is purchasing the Super Eight Motel. The have done a great job in maintaining their current property and will do so in their location as well.

Bylaws Notice

At the December 11 meeting of the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association, Inc. (at 5:30 PM at Haskins Hall in the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum) the Board of Directors will propose that Articles of Incorporation of the Old Louisville Business and Professional Association, Inc. be amended and restated. Under the existing Articles the purpose of the corporation was limited to promoting the common interests of businesses located in and around the Oak Street Corridor. Membership under the existing Articles was likewise limited to businesses operating in and about the Oak Street Corridor. The proposed amendment would change the purpose as follows: " To represent and promote the interests of businesses and professionals in Old Louisville before the general public, the residents of Old Louisville, the Old Louisville Residents Associations, the business community and such governmental agencies as may be involved in regulating, promoting or developing such businesses and professionals." Membership restrictions under the old Articles of Incorporation are deleted. The bylaws were changed to reflect the change in the purpose. The membership is expanded to businesses and professionals working in all of Old Louisville, as one class, and other persons who support the goals of the organization as the second class. All members have equal voting rights except only the "one class" can vote on amending the Articles of Incorporation or amending the bylaws. Also a majority of the board of directors must be from the business and professional members.

Both the proposed articles of incorporation and bylaws can be viewed in their entirety on the website. There are also proposals for a mission statement, vision statement and goals statement, and members attention should be directed to this as well. For information contact: Ken Plotnik at or 636-0361


It is very important that every member attend the December Holiday Party to vote on the future direction for OLB&PA and enjoy the holidays with one another.

For information contact: Arnold Celentano at ajc1003@ or 585-3060


How Does Your Garden Grow?

Jerie Britton will find out next spring when her plants blossom forth in new landscaping.

Jerie, a member of the Garvin Gate Association, was chosen in a contest with almost 20 entries to have her garden redone courtesy of HomeGrown, a garden program on public radio station WFPL.

In October, her small, shady, backyard garden space was visited by the Bob Hill and Jeneen Wiche, the show's hosts, and by landscape architect Sam Lambert. The visit and interview with Jerie aired on WFPL on November 9.

Plants were selected from Thieneman's Herbs and Perennials and Boone Gardiner Nursery. Planting began this fall and will continue in the spring.

Hill and Wiche may make a return visit to see and air the results.

On the Air. From left to right, Sam Lambert, Jeneen Wiche, Jeri Britton, and Bob Hill.

Gone With The Wind

Piles of brown leaves on lawns, sidewalks, and streets are all that remain of the summer foliage. Those leaves can be slippery and dangerous to pedestrians, and they can clog the grates of storm sewers and cause street flooding in downpours.

It is the responsibility of property owners to perform general maintenance to the middle of the street and back alley of their property.

Help keep Old Louisville safe and attractive by raking your leaves and bagging them for yard waste recycling on Wednesdays or add them to you compost heap.

Cook's Corner

The Old Louisville Journal begins a new occasional column this month that features favorite memories and recipes of Old Louisville residents. If you or anyone you know would like to share a favorite recipe, contact the Old Louisville Information Center.

Norma Laufer inaugurates the column with delightful Christmas memories:

As a little girl growing up, every Christmas Eve was an exciting time. The tree would have been trimmed and cookies were already baked for Santa because he always came to our house early on Christmas Eve as he had so many places to go. Around 5PM we would light the tree, put out the cookies and leave the house to go to my Grandmother's house for Christmas Eve supper. Every year it was the same- wonderful hot, buttery Oyster Stew with tiny crackers that bobbed up and down in the wonderful tasty milk.

After supper my father and grandfather would take me to church (mother and grandmother had to stay home and clean up after dinner). I could hardy wait for church to be over because I knew Santa was at our house leaving toys under the tree. Santa never disappointed me and mother and grandmother always swore that he came while they were still at Grandmother's cleaning up after supper.

To this day a bowl of Oyster Stew brings back happy memories of family, my favorite uncle, brightly colored packages, noise, laughter and music.

Over the years we have made very few changes to Grandmother's Oyster Stew and it's still great eating anytime of the year.

Oyster Stew Serves 8

Put raw oysters in sauce pan. Add butter and seasonings. Stir and bring quickly to a boil, lover heat, continue stirring and cooking not longer than 2 minutes, allowing edges of oysters to curl. Add milk, bring again to just below boiling. (Do not boil or milk will curdle). Ladle into bowls, add pat of butter, sprinkle with paprika. Eat with oyster crackers.


All in the family.... Bob and Norma Laufer and their dog, Jasmine, stand outside their lovely home on Garvin Place. Norma is the new president of the Garvin Gate Association while Bob takes over Norma's long time position as treasurer.


Wrap Up With A Good Book

Wrap up with just five good books this winter, and you might end up the big winner during the Friends of the Library Adult Winter Reading Program, January 2-February 28, at the Louisville Free Public Library. The Friends of the Library again is the proud sponsor of this winter's reading program. It's a good way to pass away the cold winter months by reading some great books.

Just pick up an entry form at any library location. Read five books of your choice between January 2 and February 28, complete the entry form, and return it to the library. If you read five more books during that time, fill out another entry form and enter again. Participation prizes will be awarded at every library location. Secondary prizes will include a Literary Gift Basket and a wrap to "wrap up with a good book."

Every entry will qualify for the grand prize: dinner for two at Le Relais with author Silas House. The secondary and grand prize drawings will be held on March 5.

Treyton Oaks Open House

Treyton Oaks Tower extends an invitation to neighborhood residents to attend a Holiday Open House and Reception on Tuesday, December 10, from 2:30PM to 4:30PM.

Property Improvement Committee Report:

Ninth Street Roadway Opens on December 9

A ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30PM on Monday, December 9, at the intersection of Ninth and Kentucky will mark the opening of the Ninth Street Roadway. All residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Mache Readus-Wright, Louisville Department of Public Works Senior Project Engineer for the Ninth Street Roadway, made the announcement.

Although through traffic will be initiated, the Oak Street interchange and Oak Street will not be completed prior to Derby Day, 2003.

An inspection of the Ninth Street Roadway project on November 22, 2002, noted the following:

Tim "Woody" Woodruff recently bicycled the new roadway and reported that he was most favorably impressed. He said that the view of the historic Union Station and the downtown skyline is fantastic.

Old Cochran Elementary School Renovations

Mike Mulheirn, Executive Director, Facilities and Transportation, Jefferson County Public Schools, reports that improvements are continuing at the old, historic Cochran Elementary School at Second and Hill Streets.

Earlier this year, extensive cornice improvements were completed at a cost of $55,000. Deteriorated sandstone watertable and banding about the facades was replaced with simulated materials, and the exterior brickwork was tuckpointed at a cost of $250,000.

All windows and window frames are presently being replaced to Landmarks standards at a cost of $300,000. Interior energy-saving lighting was recently installed at a cost of $22,000.

Still to be accomplished are exterior doorway improvements, walkway improvements and removal of obsolete exterior piping, stacks, and flues.

The Youth Performing Arts School is presently using the old Cochran Elementary School.

Cardinal Hall on the University of Louisville Campus

Bruce Traughber, Executive Director of ULH, Inc., University of Louisville, presented development plans to the Property Improvement Committee in regard to Cardinal Hall, a $3.5 million new residence hall that will house 38 students including the basketball team.

The two-story, 32,000 square-foot, primarily brick residence will have a pitched roof of standing seam metal. It will be located just south of the upper-class residence hall under construction along the west side of South Fourth Street just north of the Fourth Street railroad viaduct. Construction is scheduled to start this month.

The Cardinal newspaper reports that over 100 surface-level parking spaces will be taken for the project.

The Property Improvement Committee unanimously endorsed the project but is concerned that those 100 plus parkers will relocate onto Old Louisville residential streets.


Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations

Association    Chairperson    Number

Join the University Club

Residents of Old Louisville are invited to join the University Club on the UofL Belknap campus to use its dining and banquet facilities

Membership is open to persons with connections to the University of Louisville

(graduates with degrees or certificates; full-time, part-time, gratis, or retired faculty, administrators, or staff; visiting faculty, adopted alumni, postdoctoral scholars, trustees or overseers, honorary degree or Grawemeyer Awardees, or surviving spouses of any of the above).

Initial and monthly fees may be discussed with Linda Johnson at (502) 852-6996 or .

The Club improves the quality of life for all its members, providing a convenient neighborhood venue for its special activities, lunch and dinner throughout the year. /uclub

Zel-Pro Painting

specializing in older homes

J. Zeller  645.6900

D. Profumo 500.4526

references available

Happy Holidays!


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